Butterflies, Flowers and Lace

Hello everyone,

I decided on a project this week and I really enjoyed creating this. The sponsor for this week at For Fun Challenges is Craft Brulee and each of the Design Team members received  wonderful lace and  flowers from Jennifer’s shop to do the challenge. 

I found this ornamental twig bird-cage in the garage and decided to alter it to a butterfly twig cage as a table decoration for my Mum’s birthday tea-table. This was challenging as I had to create flowers that will compliment the lace flower from Craft Brulee. I decided on the fluffy paper flowers made from brown paper bags,  old newspaper and magazine pages.  I learned this technique from  a You Tube video uploaded by Ellen Rose Saturino. You can view the video here. I really love the green  and blue colour of the flowers caused by the printer’s ink. I was amazed how striking this paper flowers blended in with the glass pebble and lace of the Craft Brulee  flower. I used pink paper roses as centers and added pink Stickles to the edges of the paper circles.

I decorated the twig cage with one Craft Brulee lace flower, six fluffy paper flowers with pink paper rose centers and 2 gold paper leaves. I attached strips of cardstock, punched with a Martha Stewart punch “Doiley lace”, to the base and middle of the cage. These I decorated with small paper butterflies, lace and strings of pearls. The edges of the paper strips were distressed with Tim Holtz distressed ink “Vintage Photo”.  Two larger paper butterflies complete the centerpiece.  I am entering my project for the following challenges:

The four fluffy paper flowers with the lace flower on top of the twig cage with two gold leaves and strings of pearls.

 

The detail of the  base of the twig cage with the lace from Craft Brulee, two fluffy paper flowers and the small paper butterflies:

I used the following to create the project:

  • Old ornamental twig bird-cage
  • Lace (available from Craft Brulee)
  • Cream and pink vintage style lace flower with glass center (available from Craft Brulee)
  • Old newspaper and magazine pages for fluffy paper flowers
  • Pink paper roses for centers
  • Two gold paper leaves
  • Strings of pearls
  • Martha Stewart punch “Doiley Lace”
  • Spellbinders Nestablities die “Scalloped circles” for the paper flowers or  scalloped edge scissor
  • Cardstock
  • Cuttlebug dies “Butterflies” for large butterflies and “Naturals” for smaller butterflies
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage Photo” and “Tattered Rose”
  • Stickels “Pink” for edges of the paper flowers

Hope to see your card or project at the For Fun Challenges this week. You can create anything, card, layout or altered art, but there must be ribbon and/or lace on your creation.   Craft Brulee sponsored an awesome prize for the lucky winner. At the For Fun Challenges blog there are beautiful projects from the other talented ladies  with the wonderful Craft Brulee flowers and lace. – worth a visit.

Have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Greetings,

Amelia

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ayelet
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 23:24:11

    I am amazed! briliant Idea and beautifully done! Thank you for playing with us over at PFOP and good luck! X

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  2. Fliss
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 19:25:11

    Amelia, I’m speechless! This is absolutely stunning and thank you so much for sharing it at Polka Doodles this week for my vintage challenge.
    x

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  3. Nancy
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 06:28:10

    Oh my, this is absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job on this!

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  4. Tip Top
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 19:46:24

    Stunning! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge – hope you can join us again next week!

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  5. Lesley
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 13:39:19

    Wow, this is really beautiful! Thanks for taking part in the CYDA challenge xx

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  6. Claire
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 17:35:02

    Lovely Vintage project – thanks for playing along this week at Polkadoodles! Cheers Claire x

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  7. Amanda
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 10:33:19

    This is a beautiful creation – I like the vintage style flowers too.

    Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Craft Your Days Away

    Crafty Creations by AJ
    Amanda

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  8. Jodi
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 21:50:14

    This is just beautiful! I love your gorgeous decorations and pretty butterflies!! Thanks for joining us at Flutterby Wednesday!
    Hugs
    Jodi =)

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  9. Suzi
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 12:30:19

    I love what you’ve done to this, its adorable, it will be a beautiful gift to receive. Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week with your lovely creation.
    Hugs
    Suzi x

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  10. Sharon Keanly
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 16:08:00

    Oh my goodness me, how did I miss this post. This is an absolutely stunning project Amelia. I just love it. You’ve done a super job and I wish you all the best with the challenges you’ve entered. This is a sure winner! Wow, most impressed!!! Tons of hugs, Sharon x

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  11. Tracy
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 15:22:04

    Really gorgeous, Fab Entry, thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge, Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  12. Lorraine
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 08:16:42

    Wow what a transformation you have made to the birdcage it is absolutely wonderful thank you so much for sharing this with us at OSCC this week. Hugs x

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  13. Brenda
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 08:16:27

    Hi there

    Gorgeous work, thank you so much for taking the time to join us at Poplkadoodles and good luck.

    B x

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  14. Tracey
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 12:58:17

    This is definitely the star of the show this week Amelia – absolutely stunning!

    Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

    Hugs
    Tracey
    xx

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  15. Marguerite
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 10:01:08

    Dit is ongelooflik mooi, Amelia – jy is regtig baie kreatief!

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  16. Susan Marsh
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 09:05:14

    Hi Amelia,

    Hierdie is vreeslik mooi en vars. Dit lyk na harde werk maar klink of jy dit baie geniet het! Hoop daar is ‘n prys te wen en dat jy die wenner is! Susan

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  17. Carol
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 07:51:10

    Oh Amelia, This is an absolutely beautiful project. I gave your poject as a sneak peek link in my blog post this morning to see if I can’t steer some of my followers to For Fun. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. You do such fantastic work I can’t ever seem to come up with enough or unique adjectives to describe it.
    “Hugs” Carol

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  18. helen dooley
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 06:39:53

    This is so amazing! you did a great job on this cage! BEAUTIFUL!!

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